A global search is underway for a safer, less addictive alternative to traditional opioids in the face of the ongoing epidemic. More than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016 - a higher death toll than any other year on record. Kratom, an herbal product from a tropical evergreen tree in Southeast Asia, may be a solution. Kratom provides opioid-like pain relief and other benefits at low doses, without the high risk of overdose that can come with typical opioids. It is legal to manufacture, sell, purchase, and possess in most states, including Virginia.
What Is Kratom?